5% increase for office bearers

2011-08-26 11:39

A five percent increase in total remuneration packages of all public office bearers has been recommended, the Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers has announced.

The salaries for the 2011/2012 financial year would be backdated to April, commission chairperson Judge Willie Seriti said in Pretoria.

Seriti said the basis for the percentage increase was informed by Consumer Price Index trends, affordability, national market trends including the private and public sector, and consultation with relevant parties.

The proposed increase was less than the 7% approved by President Jacob Zuma in the 2010/11 fiscal year.

The commission has already handed the recommendations to Parliament and to Zuma who was expected to make a final pronouncement next week.

The increase will take Zuma’s yearly salary up to R2.4 million and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe’s to R2.2 million.

Cabinet ministers will now get R1.5 million, premiers will receive R1.7 million, and mayors will be paid just under R1 million. 

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